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Overview

Agency History

Scope and Contents of the Records

Arrangement of the Records

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Texas Department of Public Safety films, about 1960,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Department of Public Safety:

An Inventory of Texas Department of Public Safety Films at the Texas State Archives, about 1960



Overview

Creator: Texas. Department of Public Safety.
Title: Department of Public Safety films
Dates: about 1960
Abstract: The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) was created in 1935 for the purpose of placing the state's functions in crime prevention and traffic control programs under a single jurisdiction. In about 1958 work began on a series of 13 color television public service films called Here's Texas! that featured Texas tourism and traffic safety information. The films were created by Linda Shuler Productions of Dallas, produced by Humble Oil and Refining Company in cooperation with the Texas Department of Public Safety, completed in 1960. Records consist of 39 motion picture components including 16mm A rolls, B rolls, and sound tracks. The A roll, B roll, and sound track for each title in these records were digitized and combined to create the digital versions of these films, which are part of the Texas Digital Archive.
TSLAC Control No.: TX009819
Quantity: 2.98 cubic ft. (39 motion picture components)
Language: These materials are written and recorded in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives
Sponsor: This EAD finding aid was created in cooperation with Texas Archival Resources Online.

Agency History

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) was created in 1935 by the 44th Texas Legislature (Senate Bill 146, Regular Session) for the purpose of placing the state's functions in crime prevention and traffic control programs under a single jurisdiction. The original department was composed of the Texas Rangers, removed from the Adjutant General's Department; the State Highway Patrol, taken from the State Highway Department; and the Headquarters Division, composed of the Bureau of Identification and Records, the Bureau of Intelligence, the Bureau of Communications, the Bureau of Education, and various administrative and service units. More driver-related duties were added in the late 1940s and early 1950s. By 1956 DPS had evolved into the state police agency with its responsibilities falling into three major categories: crime suppression and control, highway transportation and management, and disaster and emergency activities. At this time, DPS reconstituted the Headquarters Division into a number of major divisions and added several new divisions to create a total of fourteen, each of which was headed by a chief who answered to the director.

To promote more efficient and economical management of DPS, the 55th Legislature authorized its reorganization (House Bill 325, Regular Session, 1957). The department then created six regional commands, each headed by a senior officer who was placed in command of the region's Highway Patrol, License and Weight program, Motor Vehicle Inspection program, Driver's License program, Communications, and Safety Education Service. Each regional headquarters also contained a limited crime laboratory. The Texas Rangers were assigned to six companies, each headed by a captain, with the same boundaries as the regional commands. The Narcotics and Intelligence Sections operated state-wide out of the Austin headquarters. Supporting headquarters divisions, sections, and bureaus were consolidated into four divisions: Identification and Criminal Records, Personnel and Staff Services, Driver and Vehicle Records, and the Inspection and Planning Division.

By this time DPS had evolved into the state police agency, charged with enforcing laws, preserving order, and protecting the rights, privileges, property, and well-being of Texas citizens. Its responsibilities fell into three major categories: crime suppression and control, highway transportation and management, and disaster and emergency activities. To meet these responsibilities, the department's divisions operated the following programs: crime control, police traffic supervision, driver licensing, vehicle inspection, safety responsibility, accident records, safety education, disaster and emergency services, and police training. It enforced criminal laws in cooperation with local, federal, and other state law enforcement agencies.

The policy-making body of DPS is the three-member Texas Public Safety Commission, appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate for overlapping six-year terms. The positions are non-salaried and the governor appoints the chair. All members must have knowledge of the law, experience in law enforcement, honesty, integrity, education, and executive ability. The commission appoints a public safety director to serve as the executive officer of DPS.

(Sources include: Guide to Texas State Agencies, various editions; "The Texas Department of Public Safety" in the Handbook of Texas Online; the Texas Department of Public Safety website, both accessed on February 28, 2019; the enabling legislation; and earlier finding aids.)

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Scope and Contents of the Records

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) was created in 1935 for the purpose of placing the state's functions in crime prevention and traffic control programs under a single jurisdiction. In about 1958, work began on a series of 13 color television public service films titled Here’s Texas! that featured Texas tourism and traffic safety information. The films were created by Linda Shuler Productions of Dallas, produced "in the interest of highway safety" by Humble Oil and Refining Company in cooperation with the Texas Department of Public Safety. They were completed in 1960; in 1961, these films were turned over to Governor Price Daniel and Colonel Homer Garrison, director of DPS. Colonel Garrison appears in each film, and his department was responsible for distribution of the films to television stations throughout the state, scheduled for release on April 1, 1961. The films were also available to private groups through the Humble film library in Houston.

Records consist of 39 motion picture components, dating about 1960, including 16mm A rolls, B rolls, and sound tracks. A rolls and B rolls were used during the era of linear film editing, when editors used two rolls of footage to create transitions between shots. The A roll, B roll, and sound track for each title in this collection were digitized and combined to create the digital versions of these films.

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Arrangement of the Records

These records are arranged by film title.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Due to the fragility of the motion picture components, the digital copies must be used instead of the original films.

Restrictions on Use

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission has determined that these items are protected by copyright and/or related rights. The Texas State Library and Archives Commission received permission by the rights-holder to display these items. Until the copyright expires, you are responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.) and must obtain permission from the rights-holder(s) to use these items except for any use already permitted by copyright and related rights legislation that may apply. Please contact the Texas State Library and Archives Commission for more information.

Technical Requirements

None.

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Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Corporate Names:
Linda Shuler Productions.
Subjects (Persons):
Garrison, Homer, Jr., 1901-1968.
Subjects (Organizations):
Humble Oil and Refining Company (Incorporated in Tex.)
Texas. Department of Public Safety.
Subjects:
Traffic safety--Texas.
Transportation--Texas.
Tourism--Texas.
Document Types:
16mm (photographic film size)--Texas.
Motion picture components--Texas.
Sound tracks--Texas.
Television programs--Texas.
Functions:
Promoting Texas.

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Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Texas Department of Public Safety records, 1930-1931, 1934-2000, undated, 203 cubic ft.
Texas Department of Public Safety photographs (Clinton Sherrell collection), 1950-1961, undated, 660 negatives
Texas State Department of Highways and Public Transportation Travel and Information Division films and audiotapes, 1963-1990, bulk 1970-1985, 30.29 cubic ft.
Texas Tourist Development Agency audiovisual material, about 1963-1987, 16.95 cubic ft.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and film title), Texas Department of Public Safety films. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 1983/050

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Department of Public Safety on November 5, 1982.

Processing Information

Processed by Angela Swift, February 2019

Other Formats for the Records

The motion picture components described in this finding aid have been digitized and are part of the Texas Digital Archive available online at https://tsl.access.preservica.com/tda/texas-state-agencies-homepage/dps/#films .

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Detailed Description of the Records

Texas Department of Public Safety films, about 1960,
Quantity: 2.98 cubic ft.(39 motion picture components)

Here's Texas - Big Bend, 1960,
running time: 14:32
Reel
1983/050-29 A roll, about 1960
[one 16mm acetate color silent film, 550 ft.]
Reel
1983/050-30 B roll, about 1960
[one 16mm acetate color silent film, 525 ft.]
Reel
1983/050-23 Sound track, about 1960
[one 16mm acetate optical sound, 500 ft.]
Here's Texas - Big Day in Big D, 1960,
running time: 14:28
Reel
1983/050-63 A roll, about 1960
[one 16mm acetate color silent film, 525 ft.]
Reel
1983/050-64 B roll, about 1960
[one 16mm acetate color silent film, 525 ft.]
Reel
1983/050-62 Sound track, about 1960
[one 16mm acetate optical sound, 475 ft.]
Here's Texas - Caddo Lake, 1960,
running time: 14:27
Reel
1983/050-51 A roll, about 1960
[one 16mm acetate color silent film, 525 ft.]
Reel
1983/050-52 B roll, about 1960
[one 16mm acetate color silent film, 525 ft.]
Reel
1983/050-49 Sound track, about 1960
[one 16mm acetate optical sound, 500 ft.]
Here's Texas - Enchanted Country, 1960,
running time: 14:25
Reel
1983/050-85 A roll, about 1960
[one 16mm acetate color silent film, 500 ft.]
Reel
1983/050-86 B roll, about 1960
[one 16mm acetate color silent film, 500 ft.]
Reel
1983/050-61 Sound track, about 1960
[one 16mm acetate optical sound, 500 ft.]
Here's Texas - Fiesta, 1960,
running time: 14:27
Reel
1983/050-20 A roll, about 1960
[one 16mm acetate color silent film, 500 ft.]
Reel
1983/050-21 B roll, about 1960
[one 16mm acetate color silent film, 500 ft.]
Reel
1983/050-19 Sound track, about 1960
[one 16mm acetate optical sound, 500 ft.]
Here's Texas - Goodnight-Loving Trail, 1960,
running time: 14:30
Reel
1983/050-73 A roll, about 1960
[one 16mm acetate color silent film, 500 ft.]
Reel
1983/050-74 B roll, about 1960
[one 16mm acetate color silent film, 475 ft.]
Reel
1983/050-75 Sound track, about 1960
[one 16mm acetate optical sound, 500 ft.]
Here's Texas - Houston, 1960,
running time: 14:30
Reel
1983/050-34 A roll, about 1960
[one 16mm acetate color silent film, 500 ft.]
Reel
1983/050-35 B roll, about 1960
[one 16mm acetate color silent film, 500 ft.]
Reel
1983/050-33 Sound track, about 1960
[one 16mm acetate optical sound, 500 ft.]
Here's Texas - Padre Island, 1960,
running time: 14:31
Reel
1983/050-77 A roll, about 1960
[one 16mm acetate color silent film, 550 ft.]
Reel
1983/050-78 B roll, about 1960
[one 16mm acetate color silent film, 575 ft.]
Reel
1983/050-76 Sound track, about 1960
[one 16mm acetate optical sound, 500 ft.]
Here's Texas - Palo Duro, 1960,
running time: 14:30
Reel
1983/050-47 A roll, about 1960
[one 16mm acetate color silent film, 500 ft.]
Reel
1983/050-48 B roll, about 1960
[one 16mm acetate color silent film, 500 ft.]
Reel
1983/050-50 Sound track, about 1960
[one 16mm acetate optical sound, 475 ft.]
Here's Texas - Piney Woods, 1960,
running time: 14:59
Reel
1983/050-5 A roll, about 1960
[one 16mm acetate color silent film, 500 ft.]
Reel
1983/050-6 B roll, about 1960
[one 16mm acetate color silent film, 500 ft.]
Reel
1983/050-12 Sound track, about 1960
[one 16mm acetate optical sound, 500 ft.]
Here's Texas - Texas Springtime, 1960,
running time: 14:29
Reel
1983/050-56 A roll, about 1960
[one 16mm acetate color silent film, 500 ft.]
Reel
1983/050-57 B roll, about 1960
[one 16mm acetate color silent film, 550 ft.]
Reel
1983/050-55 Sound track, about 1960
[one 16mm acetate optical sound, 550 ft.]
Here's Texas - The Old San Antonio Road, 1960,
running time: 14:28
Reel
1983/050-41 A roll, about 1960
[one 16mm acetate color silent film, 500 ft.]
Reel
1983/050-42 B roll, about 1960
[one 16mm acetate color silent film, 500 ft.]
Reel
1983/050-22 Sound track, about 1960
[one 16mm acetate optical sound, 475 ft.]
Here's Texas - Timberland Tour, 1960,
running time: 14:28
Reel
1983/050-13 A roll, about 1960
[one 16mm acetate color silent film, 500 ft.]
Reel
1983/050-14 B roll, about 1960
[one 16mm acetate color silent film, 500 ft.]
[Note: This B roll was deaccessioned due to condition and is no longer of the physical collection.]
Reel
1983/050-7 Sound track, about 1960
[one 16mm acetate optical sound, 500 ft.]

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